CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Travis Kvapil will compete in Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway despite his arrest on misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment.
NASCAR said Thursday it is in close communication with BK Racing and gathering information on Kvapil's arrest Tuesday night. The 2003 Truck Series champion was released from police custody on $2,000 bond on Wednesday morning.
“NASCAR does not condone the actions with which Travis Kvapil has been charged and we are disappointed to learn of this incident,” NASCAR said in a statement. “NASCAR takes this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it moves forward.”
According to court records reviewed by The Sporting News, Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head. He is not permitted to return home and can only contact his wife by phone or email on matters concerning their children. He faces a Nov. 19 court date.
Kvapil, who drives the No. 93 Toyota for BK Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, was in the car Thursday during practice at Charlotte. He is 31st in the standings.
“BK Racing understands the severity of the situation and we don't condone the actions that Travis has been accused of,” team co-owner Ron Devine said. “We feel it's important to let the system take its course. For that reason, we have elected to support Travis and his family and keep Travis in the car for this weekend's race. Further comment will be available as additional information becomes available.”
Kvapil has raced at NASCAR's national level since 2001. Although he's winless in 240 career Cup starts, he has won nine Truck Series races.